Lector Guidelines - St. Isidore
Parish, Stow, MA - Updated November 2011
With no deacon:
Book of Gospels down aisle in procession. Book held at chest level (not raised overhead) (Lectionary should be on
Ambo, opened to correct reading)
end of aisle, do not pause; proceed directly to altar table and place Book of
Gospels in center of altar table.
- If Presider has not yet bowed and entered the sanctuary, stand next to cross bearer and bow when Presider bows.
your seat in first pew.
in procession; carry a hymnal, if desired (Deacon carries the Book of Gospels).
your seat in the first pew.
II. First Reading:
to center of aisle, bow in front of altar table
to ambo, read from Lectionary.
finished reading, sit in chair on altar, next to altar server.
III. Second Reading:
to ambo, read.
Lectionary, place it on the shelf in the ambo (leaving a clear surface for
priest/deacon, who will read from the Book of the Gospels).
done, proceed to the center of aisle, bow in front of the altar table.
IV. Prayers of the Faithful:
With no deacon:
the end of the Creed, approach the Ambo (Do not bow to the altar unless crossing in front of it.)
priest is done with introduction prayer, read Prayers of the Faithful.
standing at the ambo while priest concludes with prayer.
to pew. (Do not bow to the altar unless crossing in front of it.)
does not read Prayers of the Faithful when the deacon is serving.
recession begins, proceed behind the altar servers. Do not carry the Book of Gospels; leave it on ambo.
- During the procession, hold the Book of the Gospels at
chest level, not raised overhead.
- Use the short A (pronounced uh instead of ay) when
announcing the reading: Uh reading from …
- After announcing the reading, pause for 3-5 seconds
before starting the reading. Preferably you would scan the assembly to make
sure they are attentive during that pause.
- After the reading, pause 3-5 seconds and then say, “The
Word of the Lord”. It is NOT, “This is the Word of the Lord” or “Word of
- For the prayers of the faithful, please read them ahead
of time and adjust the wording according to the circumstances. For example, if
there is a remembrance stated as: “For John Doe for whom the 10:30 mass is
offered” and you are at the 10:30 Mass, read it as “For John Doe for whom this
mass is offered.”
On Feast Days, sometimes the Prayers of the Faithful are “leftover” from the
previous weekend. Please omit (or change the wording) for any that are specific
to that weekend (e.g., the mass intentions).
Please feel free to add any intentions that you may be aware of (or that people
make you aware of before mass) Just be careful not to pray publicly by name for
any person unless you are sure they would want their name mentioned.